>>Colts Close Season Against Jaguars
(Indianapolis, IN) — The Colts will wrap up the season Sunday against the Jaguars at Lucas Oil Stadium. Indy is just 7-and-8 on the year and is set to miss the playoffs for the second straight season. Jacksonville enters at 3-and-12.
>>Bears End Season Sunday
(Minneapolis, MN) — The Bears wrap up the season against the Vikings in Minnesota on Sunday. At 3-and-12, Chicago is currently projected to land the third-overall pick in the next NFL Draft. Only the 1-and-14 Browns and 2-and-13 49ers have worse records than the Bears this season.
>>Rashaan Salaam’s Death Ruled Suicide
(Boulder, CO) — The death of former Bears running back and Heisman Trophy winner Rashaan Salaam [[ raw-shawn saw-lawm ]] is being ruled a suicide. The Boulder County Coroner’s Office says Salaam died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head on December 5th. He was only 42 years old.
>>Blackhawks Top Predators To End Skid
(Nashville, TN) — The Blackhawks stopped a three-game losing streak with a 3-2 win over the Predators in Nashville. Jonathan Toews [[ taves ]] and Patrick Kane scored in the third for Chicago. Corey Crawford made 36 saves. The ‘Hawks are right back in action tonight against the Hurricanes.
>>Blues Sign Bortuzzo To Two-Year Extension
(St. Louis, MO) — Blues defenseman Robert Bortuzzo is staying in St. Louis for at least two more seasons. The Blues signed Bortuzzo to a two-year contract extension on Thursday that runs through the 2018-19 season. He would have become a free agent after this year. Bortuzzo has one goal and one assist in 11 games this season. He’s been out with a lower-body injury since December 3rd.
>>Blues Resume Homestand Tonight Against Preds
(St. Louis, MO) — The Blues resume their six-game homestand tonight against the Nashville Predators at Scottrade Center. St. Louis opened the stand with a 6-3 win over Philadelphia on Wednesday. The Blues sit at 19-12-and-5 on the season.
>>Bulls Face Pacers This Afternoon
(Indianapolis, IN) — The Bulls face the Pacers in Indiana this afternoon. Tip-off is at 3:00. Chicago has won its last two games, including a 90-85 victory over the Pacers in Chicago on Monday. The Bulls are 16-and-16 on the season.
>>St. John’s Stuns Butler
(New York, NY) — Kelan Martin’s halfcourt shot at the buzzer was no good as Butler was stunned by St. John’s, 76-73, last night in New York. The Bulldogs led by as many as 10 in the second half, but the Red Storm stormed back for the win. Tyler Wideman led Butler with 20 points and nine rebounds. The Bulldogs fell to 11-and-2.
>>Illinois Hosts Ohio State Sunday
(Champaign, IL) — The Illinois Fighting Illini will be back on the hardwood on Sunday hosting Ohio State. The Illini opened Big Ten play with an 84-59 loss at Maryland on Tuesday. Illinois is 10-and-4 overall.
>>SLU Hosts Rhode Island Tonight
(St. Louis, MO) — Saint Louis University returns to the floor tonight at home against Rhode Island. It’s the start of Atlantic 10 play for both teams. The Billikens have been off since a loss to Winthrop last Thursday. SLU is 4-and-8. The Rams are 8-and-4.
>>Lipscomb Knocks Off Mizzou
(Columbia, MO) — The Tigers gave Lipscomb its first power-five win since 2008 as they fell, 81-76, last night in Columbia. Jordan Geist scored 18 points for Mizzou, which fell to 5-and-7. The Tigers open SEC play next Wednesday against LSU.
>>Mizzou’s Willie Jackson To Transfer
(Columbia, MO) — Missouri freshman forward Willie Jackson is leaving the basketball program. The “St. Louis-Post Dispatch” reports Jackson will transfer to a school closer to home in Cleveland because of an illness in the family.